Wildlife

There’s loads to see at Paxton Pits, especially if you’re patient. It’s a well-loved spot for bird watching, with many overwintering wildfowl and regular sightings of kingfishers – as well as the famous nightingales. But you’ll also see plenty of other evidence of a healthy ecosystem here, including elusive mammals such as otters and weasels, plus a wide range of wildflowers, dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies.

 

Visit our Latest Sightings Blog to see what’s been out and about most recently. For an idea of what you might see at different times of year, we’ve got a handy month-by-month guide. And if you spot anything yourself, please let us know what you’ve seen and where by writing in the sightings book at the visitor centre or by emailing Ranger Jim.

 

The most recent sightings from the blog:

  • This month will hopefully see an increase in waders on the reserve. Green sandpipers have already been a feature from mid July onwards. The last of the swifts will be on their way south and other early migrants might include […]
  • Please email me your sightings or write them in the log-book at the Visitor Centre.July marks the end of the breeding season for birds but that doesn't mean there is nothing to see. Insect life is abuzz over the lakes […]
  • June 1st: Lesser whitethroat on the mound, g-s woodpecker at the Hayden Hide (AP)Breeding Bird Survey:  June 2nd Neal Parkin Reports:The highlights from this weekend surveys were:Cuckoo – a male & female were seen flying together at both south and north […]